Why do we need South Yorkshire Futures?
There are examples of outstanding schools and successful practices in South Yorkshire, but the overall picture is much more patchy, with young people simply not having the same opportunities as their peers across the country.
Rotherham (74%), Doncaster (75%) and Sheffield (79%) are amongst the local authorities with the lowest proportion in good/outstanding primary schools. Barnsley (86%) does better, but is still below the average for England of 88%.
Barnsley (43%), Doncaster (58%) and Sheffield (65%) are way below the average for England of 79% of pupils in good/outstanding secondary schools with Rotherham at 86%.
"How someone’s adult outcomes relate to their circumstances as a child."
The Sutton Trust (2017), ‘About us: Social Mobility'
The Sutton Trust Mobility Map ranks constituencies in the UK on levels of social mobility. The map shows of the 14 South Yorkshire constituencies, 10 have very low or low social mobility.
What are we doing about it?
The South Yorkshire Futures partners simply don’t believe that young people from the region are less capable of achieving than other young people and don’t accept that we have less committed or motivated teachers and school leaders.
South Yorkshire Futures was launched in 2017 with the aim of improving educational attainment and raising aspiration. The initiative aims to tackle the challenge of young people in South Yorkshire being less likely to achieve good GCSEs, less likely to remain in education and have fewer life opportunities than their peers in other parts of the country.
Of the drivers for social mobility, education remains the one where we can make most difference in the short to medium term. South Yorkshire Futures puts education at the core of its ambition.